Document: Al Wolters, “Rank and Worth” in ANAKAINOSIS, Vol. 5 No. 4 (1983).

Excerpt: Under the influence of a long Neoplatonic tradition, Christian thinkers of the West have tended to speak and think of degrees of “goodness” in reality. As we move up the hierarchical chain of being–from matter and body to soul, mind and spirit–we meet ever higher “perfections,” being becomes more and more “concentrated,” as it were, and participates to an ever higher degree in absolute goodness. Moving along that trajectory, and continuing along that road of increasing being and goodness, we finally arrive at the summum ens and the summum bonum. That final stage of the journey is traditionally identified with God.

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